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New and innovative programs

Investigating corruption in education, inclusion of persons with disabilities, and pioneering in seismology

Prosjekt/ onsdag 26. juli 2017

Investigating corruption in education

Corruption is a problem affecting all areas of governance and social service provision in Afghanistan, but corruption in education is especially troubling because of its destructive impacts on the lives and future prospects for young Afghans.

In 2016, NAC signed an MoU with Afghanistan’s Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (MEC), to partner with them in conducting a comprehensive, national evaluation into vulnerabilities to corruption in the Afghan education system, which was comissioned by the Minister of Education. NAC’s main role will be to work with school communities in Badakhshan, Balkh, Faryab, Herat, Ghazni, Kabul, and Khost, to better understand their experiences of corruption in education, as well as their strategies and solutions for overcoming the corruption they face.

Inclusion of persons with disabilities

NAC is serious about ensuring the social and educational inclusion of persons with disabilities in Afghanistan. Through advocacy and other program interventions, we promote the rights of persons with disabilities and support them in being engaged and active members of their communities. Towards these goals, NAC staff are involved with innovations including:

Our senior national education specialist is working together with the Shaheed Professor Rabani Education University in Kabul on a Sign language dictionary. This will be the first of its kind for Afghan Sign language.

Our provincial program coordinator in Faryab, with sponsorship from CBM, is participating in a two-year, in-depth training in orientation and mobility for persons who have visual impairments. The theoretical part of the training has been conducted  in Amman, Jordan, in combination with practical work in schools and homes in Afghanistan.

Pioneering in seismology

Afghanistan and its neighbors straddle a highly volatile geologic fault zone – the 10th most hazardous in the world – and suffer all too regularly from devastating earthquakes.

Bilde: New and innovative programs
Foto: Halvard Hjermundrud

To better understand and map the earthquake hazards Afghanistan faces, NAC is involved in a project to establish a seismic network, consisting of 15 seismometers and recorders across the Northeast of the country, in partnership with the German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ) – a first for Afghanistan.

Currently there are no seismology departments in Afghan universities, and so, to ensure that Afghans are able to learn critical skills in seismology, NAC is working together with Kabul University to establish a Department of Seismology, under the Faculty of Geosciences. GFZ is also supporting this program and will provide Kabul University staff with specialized training in seismology and help them to develop a curriculum.

NAC’s Geographical Information Systems specialist, who has been leading all of our work in seismology, recently presented a paper at the 31st General Assembly of the European Seismological Commission in Italy.

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